Doughnut Shop Might Get In Trouble Because Of Ariana Grande's 'Malicious' Licking
The Lake Elsinore shop where self-proclaimed America-hater Ariana Grande was caught licking and spitting on a couple doughnuts might be in trouble with the health department.
Wolfee Donuts owner reported Grande for maliciously licking (their phrase, not ours) doughnuts and offered up surveillance video later posted on TMZ as proof. It looks like that move backfired. The Riverside County Sheirff's Department says they don't believe a crime was committed, and now Riverside County health officials are investigating the shop, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Department spokeswoman Dottie Merki says they're looking into whether the shop has a history of leaving doughnuts out on display. California health laws mandate that food served to customers is protected from contact with, say, juvenile idiots or less malicious people who could accidentally sneeze or cough on them.
Wolfee's manager Ricky Marin says that a store employee was swapping out older doughnuts for fresh ones when they were placed on the shelf within spitting distance of Grande and her friend. The employee went to retrieve fresh doughnuts from the back of the bakery at Grande's request. That's when Grande and her friend played a game of truth-or-dare that led to the doughnut-licking and Grande saying, "I hate America." Doughnuts at the shop sold out that night, meaning it's possible someone ate a doughnut laced with Grande's spittle.
Grande kind of apologized for her statements but not the doughnut-licking. In a baffling, quasi-apologetic statement she offered up to Buzzfeed, she somehow managed to blame the whole thing on America's childhood obesity epidemic:
I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my [country]. What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words. As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole. The fact that the United States has the highest child obesity rate in the world frustrates me. We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies. We need to demand more from our food industry. However I [should have] known better in how I expressed myself; and with my new responsibility to others as a public figure I will strive to be better. As for why I cannot be at the MLB show, I have had emergency oral surgery and due to recovery I cannot attend the show. I hope to make it up to all those fans soon. That being said let me once again apologize if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words.